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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Food’s good, but finding The Front Porch takes some skill

    “Do you have The Front Porch on your prospective ‘Out to Lunch’ places to visit?” asked my wife, Carol.

    An article she had read about the renovations of historic old building in the Powell community included photos and a mention of The Front Porch restaurant.

    It was on my list, and I knew then, by her question, where our next lunch adventure was going to be.

    The Front Porch at 1509 Emory Road.

  • It's TOMATO season

    You Say Tomato owners Darian Barnett and Jimmy Adkins have certainly gotten a lot of milage from their store’s name.

    Decorative tomatoes large and small fill many of the Rockwood store’s nooks and crannies, along with paintings, posters and even a back wall display of the shop’s name accentuated with whimsical hot-pink stuffed animal heads.

    Adkins says that touch of eclectic fun was the idea behind the moniker, which is a line from the old George and Ira Gershwin song, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

  • Comcast’s Games

    Rockwood Electric Utility General Manager Kendall Bear has been watching the Olympic Games play out with a fair amount of amusement.

    He said it is interesting to him that Comcast, which owns the Games’ exclusive broadcaster, NBC, has pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue and purchased advertising, yet still has not paid its outstanding pole rental fee to REU.

  • Rockwood leveling out Complex’s playing field

    The high school baseball field at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex is getting a facelift.

    Tiger head coach Jake Witter, Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Chase Clem and other city employees are leveling out the infield.

    “It’s been long overdue,” Witter said after the initial grading work was done.

  • Howard says he fears parole violation

    Bryan K. Howard, a man convicted in a 2007 vehicular homicide case, didn’t deny being found asleep behind the wheel of a car last
    month.

    “It’s halfway true,” he said, about allegations in a July 16 arrest warrant.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica West charged him with driving on a revoked license and simple possession.

    According to the warrant, a woman identified as Victoria Edwards saw Howard slumped over in a car on the side of the cemetery on Sugar Grove Valley.

  • Officer who fired live round at school on leave

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall is on leave after he mistakenly shot a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise last Thursday.

    “He’s on administrative leave without pay until further notice,” Police Chief Danny Wright confirmed Friday afternoon.

    Wright said he talked to Hall after the incident, and he was contrite.

    “Jared knows he made a mistake, and he admitted it,” said Wright.

    Wright said he sent a distraught Hall home after the incident Thursday.

  • Summer’s last Splash!

    Roane County students had one last chance to enjoy public swimming at the Kingston Community Center pool on Thursday, thanks to Three Rivers Kiwanis Club’s “Back to School Splash Bash.”

    “It’s our way to say goodbye to summer,” Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross said. “We’ve had over 100 kids here, and I think they’ve had a lot of fun. We’ve had games, giveaways and music.”
    The event is held annually, but this year Three Rivers Kiwanis Club wanted to help.

  • Second round of races coming

    Candidates for open council seats in Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs have until this Thursday, Aug. 18, to turn in their petitions.

    Six candidates picked up petitions for three open Kingston City Council seats: incumbents Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Norman Sugarman, along with Tara Stockton, Stephanie L. Wright and Judd Garbett.

    Byrkit and Sugarman are the only two who had returned petitions as of Friday, employees with the Roane County Election commission confirmed Friday.

  • City asks for suit’s dismissal

    An attorney representing the city of Rockwood and Rockwood Police Sgt. Randy Keahey is asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Roane State Community College basketball player who is accusing a Rockwood patrolman of violating his due process rights and using excessive force.

    Former Rockwood patrolman Chris Kennedy used a pepper-spray like substance on Xavier Howard during a July 2015 incident at the Meadows Place Apartments in Rockwood.

  • Thompson has a senior-laden golf team at RHS

    The Rockwood High School golf team has played in five matches to open the 2016 season under Coach Guy Thompson. The boys are 5-0, while the girls are 3-1.

    "I've been doing golf for about 9 years. This year's team is a senior laden team. There are four senior boys: Trevor Delk, Zach Melton, Rickey McElhaney and James Albertson. We also have good young talent with Colton Nuckols, Eli Everhart, Cole Lawson, Landon Brock and Henry Tilley,” said Thompson.